Turkmen Sahra or golestan province
Where is Turkmen Sahra?
Turkmen Sahra (Golestan Province) located in the north east of Iran, bordering with Turkmenistan from the north. Turkmen Sahra(Golestan Province) is also connected to the Caspian seas from the west. Turkmens are originally coming from Uighur
tribes which they are currently living west china.
Music and Dance
Turkmen music is a combination of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan music with a very lovely tunes. Turkmeni songs generally are either about Turkmen sufferings or Turkmen epic stories which rooted to their pre-Islamic history. Music among Turkmens has an important role in their lifestyle, from ceremonies to gatherings. As famous Turkmen saying says: “a Turkmen born with music and will live with it until his last breath”
Dagger dance is one good example of Turkmen rituals. The origins of this dance goes back to almost 1700 years ago which most of Turkmens were living in central Asia. Anthropologists believes that this dance was used to be a preparation ritual for hunting and also a ritual for battles.
Turkmen ladies are normally wearing colorful dress from head to toe in their daily life and also for different ceremonies. The type of dress that they are wearing during a day is a little different from their traditional dress. Their traditional dress consists of a type of hat which is normally in red with lots of coins attached to it and on the top of the hat they are wearing along red scarf which covers most parts of their bodies. For the top of the body they are wearing a kind of long sleeves again red together with a kind of vest to complete their dress.
Women’s trousers are also in red with lots of beautiful needle works with traditional Turkmen patterns at the bottom of the legs. Turkmen girls are covering their head with a kind of skull-cap called “Burik” when a girl is married. Turkmen women hangs a lot of special jewelry to themselves which is called “Yaragh” it is include a heavy belt of silver ribbons and leg jewelry. Turkmen woman hangs big jewels, bangles and necklaces of gold and silver as an additional jewelry to their dress.
The beautiful black-eye women and girls have been drawn beautiful patterns on the traditional rugs and carpets for thousands of years. Turkmen beautiful designs and unique styles have its roots to their ancestor’s legacy, epic stories. So much beautiful patterns that their rugs are pretty much like an illustrated book of life. Turkmen special products include felt weaving, silk weaving, Turkmen kilim(Rug) knitting and embroidery
Miankaleh peninsula which is located in the west part of the Turkmen Sahra (Golestan province) is one of the main sites for bird watching during the winter time. Miankaleh peninsula hosting a huge wave of migratory birds, migrating from Siberia to north and central Iran.
Located in Qonbad-e Qabous city is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites of Golestan province. This tower built during Seljuq dynasty in AD 1006. The architecture of this tower 53-meter-tall hexagonal shape brick tower with 17-15.5 meters’ diameter and a brick cap on top of it. the applications of this tower is unknown but it seems that this tower was used to be an indicator for the city for Caravans coming from the distance.
Khalid Nabi Cemetery
This cemetery is located on the north east of Turkmen Sahra( Golestan Province) in Gokche Dagh hills close to the Turkmenistan border. Apart from its amazing landscapes of Gokche Dagh hills during especially during the spring. This cemetery holds an amazing history of an ancient civilizations were used to live here. Once you enter to the cemetery, you will see yourself surrounded with hundreds of pillar-type tomb stones all over the hills. The origins of the civilizations living here is still unknown but based on some researches by archaeologist David Stronach, history of this area goes back to pre-Islamic era.